mineral hot springs


southcoastgeo #travertine Tuesday! Travertine is formed when hot geothermal waters flow through layers of limestone, dissolving and then depositing the calcium carbonate in spectacular fountains. This example has been colored in oranges and browns by thermophilic algae and is from the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. 

“Badab-e Surt (Persian: باداب سورت‎) is a natural site in the Mazandaran Province of northern Iran, 95 km (59 mi.) south of the city of Sari and 7 km (4.3 mi.) west of Orost village. It comprises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that have been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.” – Fereydoon Gharaei, 2015

Badab Soort (Persian: باداب سورت‎‎) is a natural site in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, 95 kilometres (59 mi) south of the city of Sari, and 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of Orost village. It comprises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that has been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.
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Petrified dragonfly

Ever since I read a book on fieldwork in Ethiopia’s volcanic regions that described insects turning into stone before the geologist’s eyes demonstrating a sort of instant fossilisation in a silica rich volcanic hot spring, I have been searching for a decent photo of the phenomenon to share this cool story with you.

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Gallic Deities (Deities of Gaul)

A few months ago, I posted a list of all of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses. I have since been continuing my research, and have decided to do more in depth lists for the different Celtic groups. For those of you interested in Gallic deities! 

This list does not make me the authority! There might be some information that is wrong, or biased due to my own, or my sources bias! 

If you feel as though I have forgotten, or mis-represented something, please, feel free to let me know!

As a note, this information is subject to change. 

Abellio - God of tree. Presumably, Apple Trees.

Abnoba - Goddess of the forest and river. She’s popular in the Black Forest in Germany

Aericura (Aeraecura, Herecura, Heracura, Herequra, Aeraecura) - Goddess of the Underworld, but also known as a battle guardian. Some believe she was originally an earth (mother) goddess associated with Silvanus.

Alisanos (Alisaunus) -  Local god worshipped in Côte-d'Or (east-central France). 

Ancamma - Goddess of water. Inscriptions can be found in Trier, in South Western Germany. 

Andarta - Goddess of fertility, Patroness of the Vocontii tribe. Little is known about her, leaving only the ability to look at the etymology of her name. She Who Is Bear Like. This causes many to speculate whether she was a Goddess of War, the Hunt, Forests, etc.

Arduinna - Local Goddess, Goddess of Forest (Ardennes) and hunting. She was often depicted riding the back of a wild boar. She was popular in the Ardennes region.

Artaius or Artio - Bear God. The gender of this deity is vague. However, some believe King Arthur was descended from the bear God Artaius. The female depiction of this deity was Artio or Dea Artio. 

Aveta - Mother Goddess. Patron Goddess of Midwifery and birth.  

Belenus - Meaning “Bright One”, he is the God revered commonly as the one responsible for the fire festival of Beltane. Associated with the Irish Bilé, he was said to be the consort of Danu. Takes on Belenus are conflicted. In some texts, he is referenced as the God of Healing; however, as equated to Bilé he appears as a psychopomp, and the God of Darkness.

Borvo (Bormo, Bormanus) - God of Hot and Mineral Springs 

Brigindo (Brigantia, Brigit, Brighid) - Triple Goddess, heavily revered throughout the Celtic lands. She was the Goddess of arts, crafts, fertility, and possibly of war. Her name means “Exalted One” or “High One”. Imbolc was a celebration thrown in her honor. 

Camulos (Camulus) - God of War and Sky, whose symbol was a wild boar. He was said to wield an invincible sword, and in some depictions (chiefly, coins found in Camulodunum) he is depicted with horns.

Cathubodua - A Continental Goddes of War equated to Badb Catha (Battle Crow). See Morrigan.

Cernunnos - The Horned God - A God of nature, and presumably a God of fertility, animals, grains, fruits and agriculture. He was often referred to as the “Lord of the Wild Things.” Early Christians equated Cernunnos to the Devil, or the anti-Christ. In fact, some Christians still do.

Epona (Eponabus, Bubona) - Fertility Goddess, Protector of Horses, Donkeys and Mules. She is equated to the Welsh horse-Goddess Rhiannon and the Irish Goddess, Macha. Many also believe that the name Eponabus is indicative of her being a triple Goddess. She was adopted by the Romans and turned into the patron Goddess of cavalrymen.

Esus (Aisunertos, Esunertos, Aisus, Aesus, Hesus) - God associated with Blood Sacrifices and hanging in the Lugarian and Treveri Tribes. Typically, with two other Gods (Taranis, Teutates). His name can be equated to “Lord” or “Master.” He was the husband to Rosmerta, a fertility Goddess. He was often depicted with three birds (cranes) and a bull. 

Grannus - God of healing and the spring. He was often depicted with Sirona, who was a Goddess of Healing and Springs.

Lenus - God of Healing, worshiped by the Treveri Tribe.

Lugus - God of light or, of the sun. He was rather popular with the Celts; so popular, in fact, that several cities were named after him. It’s because of Lugus that many people confuse Lugh, an Irish God, as a God of the Sun. However, some debate that Lugus is a triune God encompassing Esus, Toutatis and Taranis, who were often equated to blood sacrifices, leading to the premise and practice of the infamous three-fold death.

Matres - Triad of mother Goddesses, meant to protect the home against famine and diseases, as well as to represent fertility.

Nantosuelta - Goddess of nature, valley and streams. Her symbol was that of a Raven, implying that she was connected to death and the underworld. She was also the consort to Sucellus; the God of Fertility and Prosperity.

Nehalennia - Goddess of seafarers, and was the tribal goddess of the Morini. She was often depicted holding either an oar or a rope in her hands. Sometimes, she’d even be carrying a cornucopia, which would indicate that she had some ties with fertility.

Nemausius - Local God of a sacred spring in Nimes, Southern France.

Ogmios - Revered as the God of eloquence, due to his depictions of being followed by a crowd, with their ears attached to his mouth by a golden chain, he has been equated to Ogma, the Irish God of eloquence and poetry (and the son of Danu and Dagda). He has also been revered as a God of Strength (so much so as to be equated to Roman Hercules). He can also be seen depicted wearing a Lion’s hide as a cloak, carrying a club and a bow.

Rigisamus (Rigonmetis) - A little known Celtic God of War.

Ritona  - Local Goddess of the Treveri Tribe, equated to the Goddess of rivers and fords.

Rosmerta - A fertility Goddess, depicted as carrying a basket of fruit, which implies a Goddess of abundance, as well. She can often be seen carrying a two-headed ax. She was the wife of Esus.

Rudiobus - Local God, presumably, a God of Horses.

Sequana (Dea Sequana) - Local River Goddess. She occupied territory between the Saône, Rhône and Rhine rivers. It’s also said that she is the Goddess of Healing, and can be found depicted wearing diadem, standing on a boat with her arms spread out.

Sirona - Goddess of healing springs, whom was often depicted with Grannus, a God of Healing Springs. She was a very popular Goddess in the west of Brittany to the east of Hungary. Sirona was depicted as a seated goddess, wearing a diadem on her head, a dog resting on her lap, a snake entwined around her right arm, while she was holding three eggs. In ancient civilizations, the snake was often a depiction of healing, while the eggs were often synonymous with fertility. In other depictions, she can be found holding grains and fruit.

Smertrios (Smertios, Smertrius) - This is not the name of a God, but more like a title gifted to Gods of War. However, there are depictions that would lead to the belief that Smertrios was deified. Chiefly, a specific image with the water Goddess Ancamma where he is depicted as a bearded god holding a rearing snake in one hand, while the other hand held either a club or a firebrand. Möhn, near Trier, there was a large sacred spring, enclosed by a temple which led to the belief that he could be a God of healing springs and god of plenty.

Sucellus - Possibly the god of feast and providence, woodland and agriculture. He was consort to Nantosuelta, a Goddess of nature and water. He was often depicted carrying a long-handed hammer and a cauldron, suggesting that those who invoked his name, either ask him for protection or provision. This sort of associated him with the Irish god Dagda, due to the Dagda having a magical Cauldron, and his weapon; a huge club on wheels. Sucellus was also seen accompanied by a raven and a three-headed dog. These link him to the funerary practice.

Taranis - His name means “Thunderer”, which equates him to the God of Thunder. His symbol was that of the spoke wheel. He is also depicted often with Esus and Teutates, tying him with the theory of Lugus, and the three-fold death. His victims were “placed in a wicker image before it was burned.”

Tarvus Trigaranus - A bull God. Sometimes, he is depicted with three horns. Other times, he can be found depicted with three cranes perched on his back.

Teutates - “God of the People,” is his name’s literal translation. He is also known as a God of war, wealth and fertility He was often equated under the theory of Lugus, seen with Esus and Taranis. His sacrifices were often drowned in a sacrificial lake.

Vosegus - A local God, who was the personification of Vosges (a mountain/forest region in Eastern France). He was often depicted carrying a pig under his arm.

Slot Canyon, Hot Springs, Mineral Deposits, Sky. Arizona Hot Springs, Lake Mead National Recreation Area-

The waters of this spring come out of the rocks at about 111F and cascade down a series of pools. It’s well worth the six mile hike to literally soak in the raw power of Nature.

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Nice view of the carbonate terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park